The following descriptions about level are for choosing the right classes in the dance school.
You need no dance experience to participate in our classes.
Beginner: Is for those, who have never danced before.
Beginner - Intermediate: Is for those, who have danced approx. 8 weeks or more.
Intermediate: Is for those, who have danced approx. ½ - 2 years.
Advanced: Is for those, who have danced approx. 2-3 years or more.
Very advanced: Is for those, who have danced approx. 4-5 years or more.
We are going to dance a little of these dance styles (you choose which you would like to take): Show salsa/Lady Style for women. Salsa Men Style. Bachata, Reggaetón, Son, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba and Afro-Cuban dances.
Son: Is the rootstock in salsa. This is where it all comes from. Son where danced all back in the 1940's in Cuba, before it together with mambo came to the U.S., where it became mixed with other dance styles - and became what we today know as salsa. It is an important element to get the right musical appreciation of salsa. Besides it gives the opportunity to get the whole body with, so there is movement in the upper body, when you dance and not only a lot of footwork. Dance should be a whole. In the son dance, there are not so many turns as in salsa, but a lot of styling.
Cha Cha Cha: Is also a Cuban rhythm- and couples dance. It is a part of, what you in Cuba call popular dances. It was developed in the 1950's and it is danced and played a lot still today. It is fun and a little difficult to learn.
Lady Style og Men Style: Here you work with the movements, that is used in the couples dance, when you stand in front of eachother and improvise, and i the couples dance, when you turn and end the turns.
Show salsa: The Cuban Carbaret style is a very sensual and feminin dance style. All the movements are danced with a liftet posture. There is an interaction between creating movements with soft hips and shoulders. Here it is the very open and outward energy that is paramount for the expression of the dance. Show salsa is a mix og salsa, samba, jazz and elements of funk, which are combined in choreographies.
Rumba contains three dance styles:
Guaguancó: Is a couples dance, where you do not touch each other, but you play up to each other. The movements can be translated to salsa, so the dance will get softer for the women, and sharper for the men. Here the men has to "vacuna" the ladies.
Yambu: You play up to each other, but without the vacuna. Here the music is also slower.
Columbia: Is a male dance style within rumba, where the men play up to each other, by showing smart dance steps and movements. These are used in other Cuban dances, as in salsa, where elements from here are involved in the dance.
Afro-Cuban dances: Orichas are the god dances, that are danced in Cuba. Every god has a characteristic, which is reflected through the dances. The Beauty goddess dance is very graceful and the Strength god powerful. It is good, if you already dance salsa, both to learn to dance rumba and Afro-Cuban, so you get a better understandment of where the roots come from.
Reggaetón: Is the latino worlds answer to Hip Hop, but more soft. Here it is the hips and shoulders, that are in focus. There are shaked a lot. It is super hot, and gives sweat on the forehead. Both women and men dance this dance.
Bachata: Is a couple dance, that do not come from Cuba, but from the Dominican Republic. There are teached in this dance, at the salsa camp. People love this dance. It is a very close and intimate dance, and the turns are not so difficult. Here there is focus on the footwork, and the sensuality in the dance.